Travelling is a constant love, together with storytelling. And Storytelling is a Guarantee of Sanity, my blog’s headline. I felt the need to share the stories generating from my journeys or reveries while walking. As they are related to locations, I keep them visual with my own photos.
My inspiration derives from the long tradition of storytelling, anecdotes and jokes that travellers and explorers have always shared either on the road or in repose, enjoying a cooked meal and a glass of wine.
The guiding principle of these visual narratives is not to be found in academia or in institutions. It is rooted in the hands-on experience and learning that has been and still is the backbone of my living; it is linked to the etymology of the “amateur” from the verb “amare”.
A strong advocate of continuous education, I do not underestimate the values of practical, interdisciplinary learning and searching of material across time & across cultures. Reading and exposing oneself to the arts & crafts improves greatly the resilience in life’s hardships and inspires as much as commitment to loving relationships and activism.
I have always felt at home with the words. My literacy in images is a more recent asset. Yet, images precede words; our memories and dreams are made of images – the words run after the images to interpret them.
This blog was born on 12 May 2012. All you see and experience here is the outcome of time and work done with pleasure and pride. The comments, the sharing and the number of views are an extra bonus.
If you find this Babel of languages and the colorful diversity we live in fascinating, you will agree with me that we should try to keep this diversity alive. I keep my blog Bilingual, a legacy to the sounds of my birthplace, the Greek landscape.
It is extraordinary that technology allows me to show you some of my favourite places; to visit together locations not as tourists, but as travellers with an eye for the detail, for the hidden, honing our curiosities towards what has been and what will follow.
The outdoors for me is linked with the unexpected yet pleasant encounters, with new discoveries. The fresh air, the silence, the feast for the senses that nature provides so generously, as well as the man-made constructions that have absorbed the best of people’s charisma and toil may cultivate an addiction in solitude. This blog is a vehicle to communicate with you this magic.
The adventure of actively participating in the making of stories about locations has inspired me with a purpose and a vision to contribute in the preservation of those natural or man-made treasures and whatever goes with them: the stories and the history, the habits, the food, the customs, the dances and the songs.
Well-researched authentic posts, feature in En & Gr thoroughly edited and illustrated by my photos.
*** 3 times awarded blog, often used as a source of reference for its content and photos by websites.
Locations, be it archeological sites, landscape or cities need our care and protection for everyone to enjoy now and in the future. I wish you to find places you love and care for them,